Hervé G. Floch is the General Manager of ALPHA – Route des Lasers & des Hyperfréquences® (ALPHA-RLH) French competitiveness cluster created in January 2017 and resulting from the merger between the ex Route des Lasers® (Bordeaux) and Elopsys (Limoges) clusters. He also instigated the signature of several inter cluster MoU as with Aerospace Valley (France), Arizona Optics Valley (USA) or Optonique (Canada) and has supported inter regional clustering and attended European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) sponsored matchmaking missions. As the President of the “Europe” Committee of the French Association of Competitiveness Clusters (AFPC), He has been involved into the Phase 2 of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI2) launched by the European Commission to work out and propose a process leading to an improved European Cluster Excellence Policy with a particular focus on a higher level of transparency, accountability, efficiency and quality of the current European benchmarking and labelling scheme. The new system resulting from this novel process should be implemented from 2020 onwards. He has more than 35 years of experience in optics-photonics technology development in France after graduating from École Nationale de Chimie, Physique et Biologie de Paris with a MSc in Chemistry from Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay in 1984. He is CEA employee and since 2011 on-loan to take on the role of managing ALPHA-RLH cluster. He has record of sustained and significant contributions, patents and technology transfers to the development of optical coatings by the sol-gel process and high precision optics for high-power lasers (Laser Mégajoule) and his work to develop optical thin-films and its transfer in the industry has been recognized by several awards.